Two university students from eastern Turkey's Elazığ province have developed an artificial intelligence-assisted solid waste sorting device. Their aim was contributing to the economy and making their dormitory an ecologically-friendly place.
Two software engineering students at Fırat University, Engin Ülger and Yunus Emre Aydın, they developed the device which collects solid waste and divides it into different containers.
The device, named "Vatos" by the students, was designed to help separate different kinds of waste easily in a relatively-crowded place where some 2,000 students live.
Ülger said that they had been working on new projects to fight against environmental pollution. And after seeing that plastic, glass, paper and metal waste were all going in the same bin in their dormitory, they decided to produce the mentioned device.
Last Updated: 23.6.2019 10:29:42
Provincial director of Youth Services and Sports Suphi Döner, pointed out that with population growing day by day, environmental problems are also increasing. They do not only constitute a threat to nature but also to people. He also added that it was important for young people to be concerned about such issues and working on such projects.
A while ago Turkey's first lady Emine Erdoğan introduced the "zero-waste" project. Döner also highlighted Turkey's progress with regards to fighting against environmental problems mentioning the project.
The zero-waste campaign launched by First Lady Emine Erdoğan under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency has gathered a lot of momentum in less than a year. The campaign, which aims to boost recycling, helped Turkey, shed its former image of a country turning a blind eye to the pollution problem.
According to official figures, out of the 236,000 tons of plastic bottles sold in 2017, 140,000 tons were recycled. In the first quarter of this year, 17,500 tons of plastic bottles were recycled to be used again.